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Jan 17, 2019

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WASTED GP APPOINTMENTS

More than 15 million appointments at GP surgeries in England are being wasted each year because of patients failing to turn up without informing practices in advance

Jan 17, 2019

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GOVERNMENT MEDICAL CHIEF ADVISES SUGAR TAX

Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer to the Government. In the annual report just published she advises increasing the existing TAX ON SUGAR containing drinks; the suggestion is to cover a range of foods that are high in ..

Jan 15, 2019

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GMC concern about medical workforce

The General Medical Council GMC reports concern about the size of the UK doctor workforce. Numbers of doctors has remained about the same 2012-2017. However there has been a rise of 28% in casualty emergency attendance and 15% rise in ..

Jan 13, 2019

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MEDICAL CONSULTANTS PLAN TO LEAVE

There is a new report from the British Medical Association about medical consultants workforce. The report finds that less than 7% expect to remain working in the NHS after the age of 65. The report also finds that one third ..

Jun 8, 2018

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UK RISK ZONES IDENTIFIED

New research has linked waiting times and safety incidents to the financial performance of NHS trusts, and identified 32 “risk zones” across the UK where people are more likely to die of preventable causes. The areas highlighted by the Centre for ..

Jun 7, 2018

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HOME SECRETARY REVIEW OF VISA CAP FOR DOCTORS IMMIGRATION

Our Home Secretary Sajid Javid review of visa cap comes as good news for our diminishing and overwhelmed medical workforce. Review is for Tier 2 visa for UK immigration (needs job offer, certificate of sponsorship from UK employer with a ..

Jun 6, 2018

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PRESCRIPTION DRUG SHORTAGES & UNAVAILABLE

Some three years ago I responded into British Medical Journal rapid responses about the difficulties for patients obtaining the drugs on their prescription: PRESCRIPTION DRUG SHORTAGES & UNAVAILABLE. https://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h2514/rr-1 I recently reviewed the unavailable list of drugs which is getting longer ..

Jun 3, 2018

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SEEING HOW MANY PATIENTS A DAY IS SAFE?

If a GP consistently and regularly sees a high volume of patients in one day, is it safe for the doctor and/or their patients? This question was raised previously by Dr Mary McCarthy GP at the annual GP conference, and ..

Jun 3, 2018

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BAWA-GARBA CASE & CONCERNS ABOUT RACIAL BIAS

The General Medical Council GMC has announces a review of process. Follows allegations that GMC appeal of inherent bias in its decision making.   The British Medical Association BMA has, over a number of years, raised concerns about the disproportionate ..

Jun 1, 2018

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BAWA-GARBA CASE AND ITS WIDER IMPLICATIONS

The High Court ruling in the case of Dr Bawa-Garba has sent shockwaves through the medical profession, raising questions about support for doctors working in a system under pressure, the actions of the GMC and the prosecution of healthcare professionals ..